Hailing from Mumbai and still a final year student at Jai Hind College, Sharvi Bhujbal is one of the young ones who’s serious about being an athlete and a runner. This is something which is rare in India as athletics is not the first choice for even the sports-oriented among our youth.
Having been brought up in a family that has always supported her passion for fitness and fast running, Sharvi was quite the sports superstar even at school. From a very young age, she’s been working out diligently and winning competitions at school and state level. Although, initially when she started running her posture remained uncorrected, however now Sharvi’s taking the running world by storm! Her form is impeccable and towering at 6 feet, Sharvi’s strides are naturally long and look all the more graceful. Let’s find out how the running trail has been for this young woman and what the future holds for her.
- What made you take running and fitness seriously?
I’ve always been into sports since my childhood. I’ve taken part in activities that involved running and this allowed me to push myself forward. I was always a go-getter and loved winning a lot of medals. The belief that I was born to running has been my driving force.
- Are you a full time runner? If not, how do you make time for workouts or runs in your daily life?
Since I have college during the day, I usually train in the evenings. I don’t think it will be a problem for me to manage running even when I go ahead for further studies. Till now I haven’t faced any difficulties scheduling my runs but there are days when I have to stay at home and workout if I’m busy studying for exams or tests.
- What were the challenges you faced and overcame to be where you are today?
My ankle injuries would perpetually drag me down. They were prolonged and I had to give up on playing football due to this. After facing all this I wasn’t sure whether I would ever be able to get back in shape. I’m still getting there though.
- Who are some of the people in the Indian fitness community who inspire you?
That’s a long long list! I have always been a fan of the sportmanship Sania Mirza and Sachin Tendulkar exhibit. I related to them because despite experiencing multiple injuries, they’ve always bounced back on track. But my parents inspire me the most because they still strive for fitness despite facing many shortcomings.
- What are the three tips you swear by to make the most of a workout or run?
- Stretch VERY WELL before and after your workout. Do not skip the important drills.
- Eat as healthy as possible. Your performance is 30 percent workout and 70 percent diet. Don’t binge eat anything!
- Understand the breathing pattern for every exercise. You should know when to inhale and when to exhale. That helps in burning fat and toning muscles.
- What are the five things that you avoid doing during workouts or runs?
- Avoid overeating. I personally love cheese but I’ve cut-down on cheese for sometime.
- Don’t change your lifestyle just to fit in.
- Don’t cut down on your sleep. Sleep is vital. And if you’re working out twice a day. Make sure there’s a minimum gap of 9 hours between your workouts.
- Excessive cardio never helped anyone. Different workout regimes are more effective.
- Don’t try something new right before your competitions. Don’t do something cause other people are doing it. Everyone has a different structure.
- Any advice to amateurs who want to adopt a fit and healthy lifestyle?
Hustle and grind! Never stop that. There will be many hurdles but you’ve got to jump over them. A true athlete is persevering and constantly working hard. You need to get enough sleep. You need to eat right. You cannot compromise on workouts. There’s no way fitness can be stored, so you’ve got to work on it every single day.